Creator of India’s greatest caricaturist “Common Man”, and a spectacular cartoonist Shri R K Lakshman passed away on Monday evening at Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital due to a cardiac arrest. He was admitted for the treatment of urinary tract infection and thereafter he suffered from the multiple kidney failures, which finally led to put him on the ventilator support on Sunday. He was suffering from a stroke and his body was severely affected by it.
Sameer jog, the doctor who was treating him stated that “Unfortunately, his condition started rapidly deteriorating in last 24 hours and he failed to respond to the ongoing therapies made to improve his multi-organ dysfunction.” He was under the intensive care and took off from the ventilator last week when there was a little improvement in his health. Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted that “India will miss you R.K Laxman. We are grateful to you for adding the much-needed humor in our lives and always bringing smiles to our faces”. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that “We have lost a truly uncommon cartoonist who gave a new dimension to caricaturing in India”.
Tracing his history, Shrii R.K Laxman was born in Mysore, and he was the youngest of six brothers he had. He was inspired by the magnificent caricatures of Sir David Low, who was from New Zealand. Sir David caricatured the unique events of 20th century, from which Laxman took his inspiration. He was rejected when he applied for the admission in J.J School of Art, Bombay saying that his art did not match up with the standards.
In his iconic creation “common man” he captured the strangled and mysterious business of India’s democracy. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan and Magsaysay Award. He was a genius of in this field and his contribution and caricatures would be remembered for ages.